Thought for the Week - 12th JunePastor Gareth Watkins
For the word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.
The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; He puts the deep into storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere Him.
For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm.
The Lord foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.
Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He chose for his inheritance.
There’s No God like Jehovah
There comes a time when God has built us up to the point that we’re asked to give back.
In our town today we can walk around and see places where other religions are praying to other gods. Do we think that has an effect on our towns? What about the spiritual effects? But more so, what about us? Where are the Christians – the Church of God – in these times? These prayers to different gods will change the spiritual atmosphere, and will affect our town. Where are the Christians? It’s a wake-up call for us to pray! We are not diligent in doing what God has asked us to do.
The prayers of other faiths declare their god supreme… these are the prayers that are being prayed over us whether we like it or not. But our God is the ruler of the world. Our God sent His son to die for us. Our God forgives of our sins! There is no God but Jehovah!
The devil keeps us silent. But our prayer life should be rising up, and praying over the consequences of these prayers. Instead, the Christians sell their churches to other faiths. We, as Christians, need to pray and do more. We have a responsibility to pray more! The prayers of other faiths are having effect over our country, our towns and will gradually have a greater effect over our lives. We are in a spiritual conflict. God is only one God… He doesn’t call Himself by many names. He is Jehovah!
We’re being overwhelmed by other gods and other religions, and the Christians in the main say nothing. Reading the verses above, it was God of the Bible who created the heavens and earth. He spoke into time and sent Christ into this world. He blesses the nation of whom He is God… look back at the Welsh Revival when Wales was blessed to the point the pubs were shutting and there was no one to try in the courts.
The Christians are no longer praying these things into being. Instead, they are letting all these other things happen without praying. You’ve been given a lot by God in a needy position – blessings, salvations, miracles and healings. It’s now time for you to give back and pray into your community the spiritual things that God wants you to put right.
There are many opposing forces that would try to stop these things being heard. We need to be praying into our churches, towns and communities, because other people of other faiths are praying different things. Our churches are silent! There’s no direction. People are happy to have a good time in church and do nothing about the very real things that are happening outside the walls.
Lies are being spoken over our communities. It undermines the spiritual things that God would have for our nation. It has an effect on our towns and our nations. The people are too frightened to stand for the truths of God!
In Matthew 24: 14 we read: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The word preach means to declare! The word is preached to the world – it’s about standing out there and declaring to the world! But to get to that we have to consider Christ and what has He done for us. In Hebrews 3: 1 we read: Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest
Do you have a confession? Can you say out loud and say that Christ is your saviour? If you don’t have a confession, that Christ is your saviour and high priest, what can you say that would change your community? Not a lot! But if you can say that He redeemed you from nothing and saved your soul, then you have everything to say!
When a person comes to Christ, He knows things spiritually in His heart and soul. He knows he’s been saved, healed and delivered from the things of darkness. He knows Christ has made promises that are real. And he has everything to say in a world where the lies are coming thick and fast! It comes back to us considering Christ. We might not be the best at speaking or singing, but we can stand together, help people, encourage them, and lift them up.
When you consider Christ and all that He has done, there is a next step. You have to confess it! You have to say it out… it’s not a confession unless you confess it! Even singing the songs we know in our own home can change the atmosphere – it’s a confession!
We mustn’t be cowed down! We can get to a place where we’re too frightened to speak and say there’s no God like Jehovah! We’ve been given everything by God to empower us, but we remain silent. The churches remain silent! We need to consider Christ as our confession. In 2016 we’ve seen people saved, healed, and many miracles. We need to be a people who pray into being a nation and a people who are part of God’s inheritance… not just sitting here hoping for the best!
He’s called you to be part of His inheritance. He’s called you to be part of a nation that should be set apart for God. We can’t be bowed down all the time in the face of adversity. We need to declare that Jesus Christ alone is the author and finisher of our faith. We need to be in prayer meetings and praying in our own homes, praying against the tide of prayer that’s coming against us.
Are we going to give the wrong confession to keep the peace and remain politically correct? Or will we confess Christ as our High Priest and Apostle? We are partakers in the heavenly calling, and Christ is Lord. When we have this confession, we have to be able to declare it – in our homes, prayers, our singing and our communities. What are we doing with our confessions? We need to examine ourselves… what are we saying, or are we silent?